A new college course at Ohio State University will teach students how Muslims helped build America.
The course, “Islam in the United States,” is set to start at the beginning of the spring semester, just days after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven countries; countries that were on Barack Obama’s “countries of concern” terrorism list.
Many critics of the ban are arguing that the executive order was based on the fact that the countries on the list are Muslim-dominant, despite the fact that many other Muslim-majority countries were not included in the ban.
Trump and his supporters have said the ban is to prevent terrorism from entering the country during a time in which the U.S.’ immigrant vetting system is not reliable.
A Somalian refugee, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who drove his car into students at Ohio State before stabbing several students is one example of a flawed U.S. vetting system.
Despite recent terror attacks conducted in the name of Islam in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Sabra Webber says she wants teach her students how Islam and Muslims have played an important role in building the United States.
“The ratcheting up throughout contemporary college students’ lives of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant (notably Mexico, Syria) public discourse has led them to seek a better understanding of the background in the U.S.,” Webber said. “I start by sharing with the students something about the Muslims who came to the Americas at the beginning of the 1500s and those arriving in colonial America by the early 1600s because I have found that many assume the arrival of Muslims has been fairly recent.”
It is reported Webber also said she will touch on Sharia Law and Muslim extremism.
H/T: Daily Caller
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